Guest Rooms

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Guest Rooms by Hilary Heminway and Alex Heminway
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How to be a good host-or, for that matter, a good guest-can be a daunting and stressful question. Yet it needn't be so hard. For the harried host and sometime guest, essential advice to ensure harmony in the home has arrived. With a little preparation, forethought, and a few no-fail strategies, your hosting experience will be ...

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Hardcover New A good host knows that every guest is an honored guest, whether hard-pressed and lost or upbeat and well. But how to be a good host--or for that matter, a good ... guest--can be a perplexing and often stressful question. Guest Rooms, by Hilary and Alexander Heminway, offers tips, suggestions, and sound advice for creating guest sanctuaries, while helping hosts to maintain their sanity. It includes decorating ideas, and sidebars on linens, amenities, meals, tips on being a good guest, instructions for preparing a guest bath, and more. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Guest Rooms by Hilary Heminway and Alex Heminway
Photography by Audrey Hall

How to be a good host-or, for that matter, a good guest-can be a daunting and stressful question. Yet it needn't be so hard. For the harried host and sometime guest, essential advice to ensure harmony in the home has arrived. With a little preparation, forethought, and a few no-fail strategies, your hosting experience will be pleasurable for you and for your guests who will feel right at home.

Guest Rooms, by designer Hilary Heminway and writer Alex Heminway, offers tips, suggestions, and sound advice for how to create appealing guest sanctuaries, while retaining your sanity throughout the process. This guide includes an abundance of suggestions, including how to make guests' arrivals and departures smooth and stressless; how to create a welcoming guest bedroom; how to ready the bathroom; what necessary amenities to stock for your guests; how to cook culinary selections that are palatable for the picky eaters; how to respond to unruly children who have tagged along; how to accommodate the unexpected guest; and last, but not least, how to be a good guest.

Guest Rooms is the perfect guide to creating comfortable, welcoming spaces. With simple and easy-to-use hints, tips, and information, Guest Rooms helps even the most apprehensive hosts develop the know-how and patience to enjoy their company while they're guests.

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Hilary Heminway began her design career by decorating cast-off shoeboxes as a schoolgirl in New York City. Her rearrangement of nativity scenes and barnyard panoramas marked the beginning of an abiding interest in purposeful design and thoughtful management of space. Today in boots, tomorrow in heels, Hilary divides her time between Montana and Connecticut.

Alex Heminway, a frequent guest of others, is no stranger to couches, having lived much of the last ten years out of a duffel bag. Alex recently received an MFA in poetry from Columbia University. He lives in New York City and Los Angeles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586857790
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 10/24/2005
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Hilary Heminway began her design career by decorating cast-off shoeboxes when she was a schoolgirl in New York City. Her rearrangement of nativity scenes and barnyard panoramas marked the beginning of an abiding interest in purposeful design and thoughtful management of space. Today in boots, tomorrow in heels, Hilary divides her time between Montana, Connecticut, and wherever else the wind takes her. She is the proud mother of two children.

Alexander Heminway earned an M.F.A. in poetry from Columbia University. He lives in Los Angeles.

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We're different people today than we were yesterday, not always better but farther in the field. The spouse we kissed this morning is not the spouse we kiss at night. The sister at lunch last week brings new rhythm to Friday dinner. How can we measure phase change in a friend? A shorter temper, a braver face? That dark cicatrice on the hand? The guest we knew before-estranged cousin, college mate-arrives, the sum of new numbers. He offers from his cup the distillate of intervening days: the year abroad in Rome, the failed affair with Kate. Here is the joy in guests: they carry inside their bags new news from the outside world.

Although dictionaries may belie it, friends by definition are host to one another and by extension are guests in divers lives. Beyond this common parcel-house, earth-they share higher ground, a rare psychic space as certain as soil, where companions in close proximity own a history, think together, walk for a moment in lock-step.

Every day we sit in borrowed furniture under borrowed roofs in the lee of borrowed lamps. But daily we welcome people into our spheres of attention, offer our time and energy. We are at once hosts and guests.

Hosting does not require lavish expression-home-sewn sachets, special menus, petits fours. Hospitality, generosity, and nurturing are gestures enough. Roof, chair, lamp- elementary gifts are the most welcome favors.

Thank you then for conversations, shared meals, the comfort and care afforded by friends, simple pleasures now met with the same enthusiasm we apprehended youth's puerile aspirations: hurly-burly, inebriates, objects in vogue. If the hurdle between youth's chatter and the nuanced conversation of advancing age is the lesson of humility, consider the following:

We are everywhere guests, no place more so than the ground beneath our feet. In the long exile from mother's womb, every room is strange and new.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Foreword

Introduction

Arrivals

Guest Bedroom

Guest Bathroom

Amenities

Meals

Children

Departures

The Unexpected Guest

The Good Guest

Resources

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